Altova Introduces Release 3 of v2006 XML Tools

Jun 06, 2006

Altova, creator of XMLSpy and other XML, data management, UML, and Web services tools, has announced the general availability of version 2006 release 3 (v2006r3) of its XML tools product line, which includes the totally revised Altova StyleVision 2006 visual stylesheet designer. In addition to numerous usability enhancements, StyleVision now includes cascading stylesheet (CSS) and JavaScript support. V2006r3 also delivers new features to its other XML products, including new XML validation and error tracking capabilities for XMLSpy 2006, an XML development environment, and integration with Microsoft Visual Studio .NET and Eclipse for MapForce, its graphical data integration and Web services implementation tool.

Altova StyleVision features a visual design interface for creating stylesheets to transform XML and database data into multiple output formats, such as HTML pages, PDF reports, RTF documents, and Altova Authentic electronic forms. It can create all of these output types from a single design. The complete set of new features includes: User Interface Enhancements; CSS Support; Multiple Source Stylesheet Design; and JavaScript Support. Altova Authentic 2006 is a free XML and database content editor that allows business users to directly access and edit XML documents and databases through a WYSIWYG interface. Available in Desktop and Browser editions, Authentic presents non-technical users with electronic forms that enable them to enter and view valid XML and/or database data without being exposed to the underlying technology. These Authentic forms are created by designers using Altova StyleVision 2006, and all of the usability enhancements to StyleVision, described above, allow for electronic forms design and richer Authentic forms for end users.

Altova XMLSpy is an XML editor and integrated development environment (IDE) for modeling, editing, transforming, and debugging XML-related technologies. In addition to its advanced XML, XML Schema, DTD, XSLT 1.0/2.0, XPath 1.0/2.0, XQuery, WSDL, SOAP, and code generation capabilities, new features included within XMLSpy 2006 release 3 include: New XSLT 2.0 and XQuery Profilers; Enhanced Error Handling; Tracepoints in XSLT debugger; and Improved Restriction Handling for XML Schema Development. Altova MapForce 2006 is a data integration and web services implementation tool that can convert between XML, database, flat file, and EDI formats and to map data to WSDL operations. It converts data on-the-fly and also auto-generates data integration code in XSLT 1.0/2.0, XQuery, Java, C++, and C# for royalty-free use in custom data management and web services applications. With release 3, MapForce 2006 has been enhanced even further with the following new features: Integration with Microsoft Visual Studio .NET and Eclipse; Enhanced EDI Transaction Set Editing; More Versatile Visual Function Builder; and Options for Handling Empty Flat File Values.

Altova XMLSpy 2006, MapForce 2006, and StyleVision 2006 are available individually or together as part of the Altova XML Suite 2006, which also includes SemanticWorks 2006, a visual RDF/OWL editor for the Semantic Web, and SchemaAgent, a XML Schema Management tool. The products are all immediately available for purchase from the Altova Online Shop. The products may be downloaded for 30-day free trials from the website.